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The pocket friendly Mumbai you should know!

Hyderabad:"Mumbai meri jann" is a popular saying and have been made into a movie. Its title song is sung by millions of people in India and much beyond its borders. Yet, to the outside world, Mumbai mirrors a very different picture: It is the most expensive city in India.

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However, that shouldn't restrict you from exploring its voguish life, urbanity, local culture – and all this without breaking your bank account. Apart from the tourist guide destinations, this truly cosmopolitan city is indeed a blender of diverse culture.

Of course, the beauty of this mega city with over 20 million population has another aspect to fall in love with – you can roam many places without actually pinching the pocket.
Whether, you are a student or a common man, you can go around the streets of Mayanagri with a pocket friendly budget.

When half of the country is facing heat waves, Mumbai monsoon has already brought in respite for Mumbaikars. Even though this seat of Bollywood is packed with traffic and people, Mumbai certainly is a place worth being in during the monsoon. The best first stoppage during the monsoon is Marine Drive.

Here are some fun and inexpensive things to do in Mumbai, which won't cost you a lot:

1. Prithvi Theatre

Founded in 1942 by Prithviraj Kapoor, the theatre was a travelling troupe of 150 members who staged plays across India. Now, in the 21st century, Prithvi Theatre is THE place to spot the acting nerve of Bollywood.

Address: 20, Juhu Church Road, Janki Kutir, Mumbai

Cost: ₹125

Timings: Cafe is open from 10 am to 11:30 pm every day; dates and timings for open mic may vary

2. Parsi Cafes of the City

Kyani & Co situated at JSS Road, Jer Mahal Estate, Opposite Metro Cinema is the earliest of Parsi cafés in Mumbai’s Marine Lines. Old and young, rich and the poor, all come to sample the restaurant’s historical menu, filled with Parsi specialties.

Kyani & Co.

Where: JSS Road, Jer Mahal Estate, Opposite Metro Cinema, Marine Lines

Cost: ₹300 for two

Timings: 7 am to 8:45 pm (Monday to Saturday); 7 am to 6:30 pm (Sundays)

3. Bandra-Worli Sea Link

Officially called Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, this is the first cable-stayed bridge to be constructed over the open sea in India. The gigantic bridge reduces the travel time between Bandra and Worli from 60-90mins to 20-30mins. Crossing the toll will cost about Rs.50 in a car and a day pass shall cost nothing more than Rs 150.

4. Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. They are located in Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri (literally "the city of caves") in Mumbai Harbour, 10 kilometres to the east of the city of Mumbai in the Indian state of Mahārāshtra. The island, located offshore about 2 kilometres west of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, consists of Shaivite caves and a few Buddhist stupa mounds. The entry fee for the caves is only Rs. 10 and the ferry side costs minimum Rs 30.

5. Colaba-Borivali BEST Bus Ride

The Colaba-Borivali bus ride is the longest bus ride that you could opt for but it is capable of offering you several flavours of Mumbai. The bus ticket costs only Rs.120

6. Haji Ali Dargah

The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and dargah (tomb) located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the southern part of Mumbai. Near the heart of the city proper, the dargah is one of the most recognisable landmarks of Mumbai. The entry is free here.

7. Marine Drive

Marine Drive is a 3.6 km-long Boulevard in South Mumbai in the city of Mumba also known as the Queen's necklace. It is one of the most visited places in the city. People come to walk here in the evening to experience the sunset.

8. Gateway of India

The power and majesty of the British Empire was symbolized through Gateway of India. The beautifully designed and strong pillars of this monument remind us about the sacrifices of our countrymen and also about the colonial rule. Interestingly, the Gateway is made using both Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. Being considered as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai, the Gateway of India is one of the top attractions of Mumbai.



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